The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott | ARC Review

April 28, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 6 Comments

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott | ARC ReviewThe Way Back to You
by Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott
Genres: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Format: eARC
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2 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

In this witty, heart-tugging novel, two teens take a spontaneous road trip across the Southwest to meet three strangers who received the life-saving organs of their late best friend--charting a journey of loss, hope, and love along the way. Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy's insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cared about.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they're barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn's organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out of character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they meet the recipients--the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn's death--the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way back to her . . . and to each other.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Kyle and Cloudy are trying to survive after having  their ex-girlfriend/best friend die in an accident six months ago. Cloudy appears to be handling everything very well but she isn’t. Kyle doesn’t know how to deal with this death and it shows. When Cloudy finds out that Ashlyn’s organs were donated, she sets out to visit the people who received the organs and drags Kyle alone with her without telling him what the road-trip is about until they reach their first destination.

I swear something’s wrong with me. This book had it all to be amazing and all the raving reviews on Goodreads prove it but I couldn’t love it. I know it wasn’t my mood because I was super excited for it but I didn’t click with it. I was so close to DNF’ing this book but if you know me, then you know it’s hard for me to DNF a book so I pushed through. For the first 65% or 70%, the book was sloooow. Just look at my Goodreads updates below:

reading progress the way back to you

Seriously, I couldn’t deal. My excitement for this book died very early on in the story because not much was really happening. That’s saying a lot because this book has a road-trip and I love road-trips!! But this one was so boring. It started off slow, giving us a background on Cloudy and Kyle. To me, the background didn’t add much to the story. It did at the beginning but then it was dragged on for nothing because it didn’t really add anything. It didn’t make me feel sympathetic at all and I was just over it all, but I kept reading because I was excited for the road-trip.

Well, nothing happened. Once again, the road-trip didn’t add much in my opinion. Even through the death of a friend these two teens experienced, I couldn’t feel sorry for them. The book took on a very somber feel to it and it got really difficult for me to want to finish this book. The romance felt so forced! Even when they previously had feelings for each other, I couldn’t believe it at all.

Overall, this book didn’t impress me at all and it bums me because this was one of my 2016 anticipated releases.

About Michelle Andreani

Hi, there! I'm the co-author of THE WAY BACK TO YOU (my debut novel!) with Mindi Scott, forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Also an occasional scatterbrain, milkshake devotee, and liker of love stories.

About Mindi Scott

Mindi Scott lives near Seattle, Washington, USA with her drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. Freefall, her first novel, was published by Simon Pulse in 2010. Her second novel, Live Through This, was published (also by Simon Pulse) in 2012. She contributed a chapter to Violent Ends, a collaborative novel written by 17 young adult authors (out in 2015), and co-wrote, along with Michelle Andreani, the 2016 novel The Way Back to You. She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.

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  • Aw man that stinks!! I love road trip books too but if there is nothing happening then what is the point?!? Sorry it didn’t live up to your expectations!

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  • Oh man, I have read books like that before where I am constantly updating GR because reading is kind of painful so I feel you! My mom got a transplant last year so I think it’s still too close for me to enjoy a book like this especially since it doesn’t sound like it was does well but I appreciate your review Gen! Hope your next read is great!

    • Oh wow! I hope she’s better. It’s after a regular surgery and it takes a while to recover, I can’t imagine how it is after a transplant.
      I did like that the organs were donated and the last part was really cute between Cloudy and Kyle and one who got the heart of Ashlyn. That moment was really special. But the rest, not for me :/
      For me to update goodreads with statuses (not just percentage), the book has to be really good or really bad. Sometimes if it’s bad, I actually forget to update because I just want to get it over with haha

  • lol Your status updates go from ugh boring three times, to turned out cute. I wasn’t expecting the last one. 😀 That’s too bad you didn’t click with it, though.

    • Hahaha yeah. The last part was probably the only thing I enjoyed. I guess it really wasn’t for me. Others are loving this book. I went on Goodreads and felt like the black sheep lol